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Pixel 3 XL gets sold early by Hong Kong store

The Pixel 3 XL in all its glory thanks to an unscrupulous Hong Kong mobile store. (Source: Engagdet)
The Pixel 3 XL in all its glory thanks to an unscrupulous Hong Kong mobile store. (Source: Engagdet)
For the second time in a fortnight, Google has had to sit by and watch as one of its brand new devices gets sold in the wild ahead of its official unveiling. While a Chromecast 3 got sold early by accident, an unscrupulous Hong Kong store is cashing in by selling the Pixel 3 XL quite deliberately early.

The Google Pixel 3 XL has suffered arguably its worst leak to date. It has already leaked in multiple spy shots and has even been left in the backseat of a rideshare service. However, a Hong Kong store has taken things one step further by deliberately selling the new Pixel 3 XL three days ahead of its official launch, and at a stiff premium to boot.

Naturally, the folks at Engadget couldn’t help themselves with one of their locally-based writers heading down to the store to check it out. It is being sold for HK$15,880, or the equivalent of US$2,030, which is definitely a tad higher than where we expect Google to land on pricing when it is officially launched this week. It comes with a generous supply of dongles including a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle, a USB-C to USB-A dongle and also a set of USB-C earphones.

The box comes with similar markings to the Pixel 2 packaging including a #teampixel hashtag. The description of the contents includes reference to its 6.3-inch OLED display and 128GB storage capacity. The version tested included just 4GB of RAM paired to its Snapdragon 845 chipset, although a 6GB variant could still be in the cards. In addition to being loaded with Android 9.0 Pie, it also features the Active Edge feature similar to the Edge Sense feature found on HTC devices.

While the Google Pixel 3 XL has arguably the ugliest notch on any device we have seen so far, the good news that its OLED display is said to be much improved over the LG-sourced pOLED display seen in the Pixel 2 XL. We will find out if there is anything left for Google to reveal on October 9.


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-10- 7 (Update: 2018-10- 7)